I'm thankful

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Yesterday was Thanksgiving in the US. As an European, I obviously don’t celebrate that, but that got me thinking. It’s been a shitty year and I’ve learnt to be thankful for a lot of small things, as well as huge things that I never really seem to acknowledge. Even though Thanksgiving isn’t really a thing outside North America, I like the idea of looking back and realizing how good we have things. What we’re thankful for is a good thing to think about.

This year has brought me back to the basics. First and foremost I’m thankful for my health. My family’s health. I had a heart surgery almost a year ago and I was lucky. Now it would’ve taken years longer to get that done. It was actually when I was in the hospital recovering when I read the news there are about 2000 cases of a respiratory illness in China. It seems like yesterday, yet so long ago. As weird as it sounds, I know no one personally who has had corona. I’ve been to a test, only once though, but I don’t know anyone with corona. As the situation in Finland is getting grimmer each day, I’m scared. People are tired of this shit, but I’m relatively sure we’re going to be in a state of emergency again. I hope we will, because it means the government can do something to stop the spread.

I’m thankful our government has dealt with corona so well. Sure, now we don’t know, but we survived the spring relatively well. I’m thankful our leaders listen to science. I’m thankful we have leaders who actually give a shit. I’m thankful our democracy still works. Despite how our basic rights were limited during spring, legal officials are looking into it. I’m glad laws weren’t passed however the government wanted, but democratic process was upheld in all cases. As the US elections took place this month and the situations in Ukraine and Poland are a bit questionable, I’m thankful that I live in a country that is fairly democratic and cares about its democracy.

I’m thankful I have money. Yes, I’m a student, meaning I’m not rich. But I don’t have to worry about not being able to afford rent. I have a stable income, even if that is only 520 euros a month. I have a student loan, not that I have used any of it yet. I haven’t had to, thankfully.

I’m thankful for my cats. I love them. I’m home at my mom’s right now and it’s amazing to see them. I’m taking the other with me when I get back to my place on Monday. Animals are amazing. I wouldn’t have survived high school without them and living alone at a time like this is hard at times. I’m glad I can have a pet with me to keep me company when I hit the rock bottom because despite being better, I still do that.

I’m thankful for my friends. I’ve made amazing friends over the past couple of months. I’m happy our school is still open and we get to do shit together. l literally have on friend who knows about me and he doesn’t really know my other friends. But it’s good to be with people I know well enough to talk about almost anything but not well enough to have useless drama every day. Although I’m sure we will get there too. That’s how friendships work.

I’m thankful for saunas. Right now. Because holy shit is it amazing to be home where we have a sauna. I’m always freezing. It’s a bit after 22.00 and I’m tired. I just got back from a sauna and right now, that’s what I’m most thankful for. Okay, our sauna is only usually at 70 degrees Celsius, but that’s enough to get me relaxed and warm. I hate winter but at least there are saunas literally everywhere in Finland. Single most amazing thing about our culture. It’s the small things that make me happy at a time like this.


Submitted: November 27, 2020

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moa rider

Well good for you for recognising it Ms Bantam. Sometime through each day there's an ad that comes on the radio. They say it is good for your mental wellbeing to be thankful and each moring you should think about 10 things you are thankful for - breathing freely etc. For a hard-nosed old bugger like me it seems a bit soppy, but actually it is a good thing to do. Usianguke

Fri, November 27th, 2020 10:16pm

88 fingers

The simplest things in life are the most important to be thankful for. And you put most of them down.
I've been feeding a feral cat for about a year now. And besides my girlfriend, it's good to see him. Even if he only wants me for food. :#)-meow

Sat, November 28th, 2020 12:54am

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Aw, that's cute. It's great some people care for street animals too.

Sat, November 28th, 2020 4:28am

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